Eight Acres - the blog — farm

Holistic management - part 8: practical guidelines

Mar 08 2018 3 Comments Tags: farm, Holistic Management

The book Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making (affiliate link) sets out a guide to developing a holistic goal for your farm or business. 

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Perennial pasture update

Dec 20 2017 0 Comments Tags: farm, pasture

After we tried growing forage crops on our cultivation areas we decided it would be worth trying to establish a perennial pasture instead.  We planted about 10 acres out of 20 acres as a test two years ago using Rhodes grass, Creeping Blue grass, Digiteria and Wynn Cassia.  It took a few months for that pasture to start growing and in the meantime we were worried that we had wasted a lot of time and money, but gradually the grass came up and got thicker and now we have a pretty good coverage.  The Rhodes and the Blue grass are creeping, so they start to fill in the gaps.

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What you need to know about soil

Dec 18 2017 0 Comments Tags: farm, garden, soil

The more you spend time gardening or farming, the more you start to think about soil, and improving your soil and growing more plants. Here’s a few things that I think you should know about your soil to get you started.

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We upgraded our tractor

Nov 20 2017 1 Comment Tags: farm, tractor

When we first bought our new property in 2012 we also quickly bought a new tractor so that we could start working on the farm.  We got a New Holland TT75.  Mostly because we knew a friend had the same model (although on a very different farm) and because there was a good finance deal at the time (2% interest over 3 years).

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Water for stock - setting up a dam pump

Oct 24 2017 3 Comments Tags: dams, farm, water

When we have cattle in our stock yards set up water troughs in the yard, which we fill from a nearby dam using a firefighter pump.  This is how we set up the pump suction and discharge when pumping from a farm dam to a water trough.

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GreenPro - implements for small farms

Aug 16 2017 0 Comments Tags: farm, GreenPro, tractor

A tractor with implements is an essential tool for getting work done around the farm (as I recently wrote about here). At Cheslyn Rise, our 258-acre property, we have a 75 HP tractor with front bucket and forklift tynes. We have ploughs, a hay rake, cultivator drill (seeder), an 800 L spray tank and a slasher. At Eight Acres, we only had a tiny 15 HP tractor with a slasher. Often we wish we could...

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